When a tooth becomes cracked or otherwise damaged, but is not completely missing, a porcelain crown may be used. In cases where a tooth is completely missing, porcelain crowns (commonly known as caps) can be placed over a dental implant instead. In the past, metal crowns were common for this procedure, but just as fillings have improved over the years to be as inconspicuous as possible, so have crowns. Dr. Zadeh offers porcelain crowns that are designed to match your other teeth, so that your smile looks natural and complete.
The purpose of a crown is to take the place of a tooth or to make part of a tooth appear whole. Cracked teeth, teeth that have undergone a root canal, and dental implants all need to be protected for medical and dental reasons, and also need to be covered with porcelain for aesthetic reasons. In these cases, porcelain crowns can be used to cover the cracked tooth, the dead tooth, or the dental implant to appear completely natural and whole. The crown not only protects the affected tooth, but the teeth nearby, as missing, damaged, or broken teeth can cause other teeth to shift, or in some cases, infections to occur and spread, resulting in other problems.
Receiving a crown is similar to the process of receiving a bridge. First, Dr. Zadeh will prepare your tooth by sanding down the enamel to make room for the cap. If there is no tooth, Dr. Zadeh will first give the patient a dental implant. Dr. Zadeh will then place a temporary crown around the tooth or implant while your crown is being completed. Depending on the extent of the crown in question, the Doctor may have some precautionary advice for you. Finally, the crown is put into place on your final visit. Porcelain crowns can last from ten to fifteen years with proper care. Smoking and/or not regularly cleaning your teeth can stain the porcelain, so good dental hygiene and regularly dentist cleanings are a necessity to keep your crown looking its best.
Dr. Zadeh chooses to use porcelain crowns for both aesthetic and medical reasons. All-porcelain crowns or porcelain crowns that are fused to metal are extremely strong. This is the best choice for molars, as they receive the brunt of pressure and force when you chew. However, porcelain tends to be rather opaque. The teeth are still white, but can stand out from the rest of the teeth. For this reason, Dr. Zadeh tends to recommend the stronger porcelain crowns for back teeth, and the more natural-looking ceramic crowns for front teeth.
You can view before-and-after photos of porcelain crowns (caps) in our photo gallery.
Dr. Zadeh and his staff will be happy to discuss porcelain crowns (caps) with you. Please call for a consultation today.